Man arrested and charged for Cybercrimes in PNG

A Hela man has been arrested and charged by the police in Port Moresby for committing cyber crimes against the Governor of Hela, Philip Undialu.

The suspect, Rickson Apa, 35, of Pureni, Hela Province, is accused of production, uploading and circulating multiple video, audio and text messages in which he made defamatory comments against Governor Undialu regarding multiple issues. 

His videos, audios and text messages quickly went viral on various social media platforms, prompting Governor Undialu to file a complaint with the Cyber Crimes unit in Port Moresby.

It will be presented in court that Apa, who had previously been arrested for a similar offense against the Governor, in 2020 absconded from court after being released on bail. Consequently, a warrant of arrest was issued by the committal court. 

While on the run, Apa allegedly reoffended by posting the derogatory video and audio against Governor Undialu. Mr.  Apa appears to be a serial offender. 

Members of the Cyber Crimes unit arrested Apa in Gordon on Sunday and charged him for his alleged crimes. 

He was subsequently released on a K3000 police bail.

Police whilst arresting and charging him, issued warning against citizens the importance of upholding the rule of law and protecting individuals from cyber harassment. 

Public should exercise responsible behavior online and to respect the privacy and reputation of others.

 Defamatory publications without evidence, cyber bullying and cyber harassments are punishable offence with severe penalties. 

Police further warned Rickson Apa that his case will follow appropriate legal channels and expect the accused to fully cooperate with the police during the investigation and subsequent legal proceedings.

Kalang News / Tech Pacific

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